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UPDATED COVID-19 closes schools



COVID-19 closes schools

Proctor had scheduled Spring Break week off

Proctor schools closed yesterday along with all other schools in the state.  Minnesota became the 19th state in the U.S. to take the measure.

Proctor school board members, principals and the superintendent were on the phone early Sunday morning working on details to implement Gov. Tim Walz executive order closing schools, at least through Friday, March 27.

Proctor schools are scheduled to be closed March 23 through March 27 for Spring Recess, formally known as “Mud Week.”

Proctor schools send out a social media message at 1 p.m. Sunday announcing the Walz order.  The message said “During the closure, schools will be developing plans to implement distance lerning and no instruction will be taking place.” 

School board members were earlier were considering holding a special meeting to make decisions regarding the announcement. 

Walz announced that all of Minnesota's K-12 schools will closed for eight school days starting Wednesday to try to slow the spread of the virus.  Educations officials learned of the announcement prior to the press conference.

The executive order requires schools to provide care for elementary-age children of health care professionals, first responders, and other emergency workers during previously planned school days.

It is believed that school board members will discuss expanding care to working parents who do not have access to daytime care and alternate (distance) learning plans.

The closing will “accommodate planning between school staff, teachers, and administrators with guidance from the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH),” the governor’s initial release said.

A growing number of states have shut down schools. They include Wisconsin, where Gov. Tony Evers on Friday ordered the closing of all K-12 schools, public and private. The action affects more than 1 million children.

Proctor Mayor Chad Ward, Intern-Administrator Troy DeWall and superintendent John Engelking were on the phone late last week.  Ward shared the city emergency plan with the superintendent that will also be discussed at the council meeting Monday.


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